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Model and activist Lauren Wasser Model nearly died in 2012 when flu-like symptoms quickly escalated and landed her in the hospital. The 29-year-old developed symptoms which eventually led to her suffering a massive heart attack and being placed on life support, and her right leg was amputated in 2015. This happened all because of a tampon which she had kept in for too long.



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It could happen to many girls, wearing a tampon for more than eight hours. But one Autumn, Lauren went home exhausted and forgot to change her tampon, and fell in and out of consciousness. Two days later, it is panic, as she was discovered in a critical condition. She is then diagnosed with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TST), an infection caused by the synthetic fibers of the tampon kept in for too long. The young model has no choice but to have her leg amputated. This unfortunate episode could have cost her life.



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The California-born describes the damage the gangrene caused in her remaining leg, "My heel on my left side was severely damaged, and so were all five toes. Doctors said there was a 50/50 chance of saving my left foot. The surgeons recommended amputating both legs at that time, but I decided to fight and save my left leg."

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Today, Lauren is aided by the local authorities in America, to pass a law preventing the risks of the disease, and above all, to oblige the manufacturers of tampons to reveal the toxic products used during their manufacture. Unfortunately, commercially available products do not only contain cotton, but plastic and other synthetic products (polypropylene, viscose, polyethylene or polyester) can also be used to make the silky film that surrounds it, which then is in contact with the mucosa once inserted.



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I’m in daily excruciating pain. In a few months, I’m inevitably going to have my other leg amputated.There’s nothing I can do about it. But what I can do is help make sure that this doesn’t happen to others.’

This condition is fortunately very rare, but girls affected by this syndrome is still 40 per year.

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